Soozapalooza, an annual party I host featuring some of my favorite bands is almost here. This year the v3 installment is happening on my 39th birthday this Friday, January 20th at TT The Bear’s Place in Central Square, Cambridge. The night features three of my favorite bands: Good Night, States (from Pittsburgh), The Phil Aiken Army and Somerville Symphony Orkestar. After the bands, it’s karaoke time with The People’s Karaoke.
If you follow me on Twitter and/or we’re friends on Facebook, then you already know how much I LOVE Pittsburgh’s Good Night, States. L-O-V-E. They performed at the first Soozapalooza in 2010 and I’m more than just a little excited that they’re back this year. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The music below is from the band’s earlier releases. They’ll be performing music from their new, not-yet-released album at Soozapalooza.
The Phil Aiken Army
Phil Aiken released his first EP recently with The Phil Aiken Army and a full-length album is in the works. If you want to hear supercharged pop songs with an all-star cast of players, you definitely need to be at Soozapalooza on Friday to see The Phil Aiken Army. Oh, snap — more A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
Phil Aiken and friends covering “The Shape I’m In” at the Cover Up
Somerville Symphony Orkestar
There’s no better way to start a party than with the all-original Eastern European punk funk band from the Slavic heart of Greater Boston — also known as Somerville Symphony Orkestar. The band describes it better than I could: The SSO spectacle is a carnivalized punk show that turns its audiences into equal parts mosh-pit and horah. Complex six-piece arrangements reign in the chaos only to explode in shuddering “fun-gasm” after “fun-gasm.”
Don’t be surprised if Penelope the elephant makes an appearance during Somerville Symphony Orkestar’s performance.
Last year I tagged along with friends to an event called OUTSPOKEN at Precinct. It was part of Boston’s Queer Women of Color and Friends’ “QWOC Week.” I’ll confess, whenever I heard the words “spoken word” it’s not something I would generally seek out for an event. But OUTSPOKEN was good, very good. I learned about London Bridgez — and now when someone says “spoken word” I’m not so quick to judge. I happened to have my camera with me last year and shot a bunch of photos.
My event planning company Awesome Office Party has teamed up with WorkBar to host a party for those of us who never get holiday office parties: freelancers, consultants, free agents and solopreneurs. It’s called Free Agent Holiday Party and festivities happen on Thursday, December 9th at WorkBar, an office share and coworking community in downtown Boston near South Station.
This is an event I’ve wanted to organize for many years and I’m excited it’s coming to life. It will no doubt be the first of many as this sort of party needs to happen every year … and not just in Boston!
If you work on your own and want to get out for a work party where you don’t have to worry about embarrassing yourself in front of your boss, please join us. There will be beer and cocktails, food (for vegans and vegetarians, too), giveaways, merriment and music by DJ Nomadik.